Al Gore recently gave an important speech on the wiretapping scandal. The GOP spin/misrepresentations of the speech, called “The Limits of Executive Power,” should not be believed. The entire speech is worth reading. Here’s a short clip:
Moreover, if the pattern of practice begun by this Administration is not challenged, it may well become a permanent part of the American system. Many conservatives have pointed out that granting unchecked power to this President means that the next President will have unchecked power as well. And the next President may be someone whose values and belief you do not trust. And this is why Republicans as well as Democrats should be concerned with what this President has done. If this President’s attempt to dramatically expand executive power goes unquestioned, our constitutional design of checks and balances will be lost. And the next President or some future President will be able, in the name of national security, to restrict our liberties in a way the framers never would have thought possible.
Meanwhile, in Time, Andrew Sullivan explains that we’re in danger of being the subjects of King George. And in the “nobody asked, but I’m telling you anyways” department… I’m leaning against the confirmation of Samuel Alito. All other issues aside, Alito’s strong support for expanding executive powers strikes me as an unacceptably dangerous threat to the separation of powers that are so important in protecting us all.